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Legal Alert: A Little Rule With Big Implications: USPTO Implements New Fee Schedule Including a 75% Reduction in Patent Fees for...

On March 19, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented a new fee schedule as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Act). Among numerous changes in the fees for patent services...more

USPTO Finalizes "First Inventor to File" Rules

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) finalized the rules of practice implementing the "first inventor to file" provision of the America Invents Act (AIA). The rules take effect March 16, 2013. The "first...more

March 15 and March 18 - Two Important Dates to Make a Note Of

On March 16, 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is changing from a First-to-Invent system to a First-Inventor-to-File system under the America Invents Act for all patent applications that have a priority date...more

The America Invents Act

As we advised previously, on September 16, 2011, the President signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the most comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. patent system in more than 60 years. Most of the changes required by the...more

USPTO Announces New, Higher USPTO Patent Fees

The USPTO has published the new patent fee structure that it is implementing pursuant to its fee-setting authority under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)....more

USPTO Publishes Final Rule Setting Patent Fees

Last Friday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a final rule in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 4212) setting and adjusting certain patent fees pursuant to the Office's fee-setting authority under § 10 of the...more

USPTO Issues Final Rule Implementing Micro Entity Status

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (77 Fed. Reg. 75019) issuing the Office's final rule implementing the micro entity provision of § 10 of the Leahy-Smith America...more

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